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Supernova Survivor: First Supernova Companion Star Found
Release date: Jan 7, 2004 9:00 AM (EST)

An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, observed a stellar "survivor" to emerge from a double star system involving an exploded supernova.

Release ID: STScI-2004-41
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Credit: NASA, ESA, and Justyn R. Maund (University of Cambridge)

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Release date: Jan 7, 2004
Supernova Survivor: First Supernova Companion Star Found

An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, observed a stellar "survivor" to emerge from a double star system involving an exploded supernova. Supernovae are some of the most significant sources of chemical elements in the universe, and they are at the heart of our understanding of the evolution of galaxies.